The Wardrobe Theatre is a fringe studio venue and thriving arts hub in the heart of Bristol showcasing the best of the city’s theatre-makers, companies and artists. In December 2015 we relocated and built a new arts space in the Old Market area of the city (explore our journey here), a shared building with The Old Market Assembly. In 2017 we welcomed 34,000 audience members and staged over 500 performances. Our programme is a lovingly curated mix of theatre, comedy, storytelling, live music, poetry/spoken word, dance, puppetry, cabaret, drag, improvisation, new writing and family shows, with an emphasis on emerging artists and Bristol-based work. Regularly throughout the year we also produce/co-produce productions of our own with dynamic Bristol-based creative teams and companies, shows which often go on to tour nationally (scroll down for details of our Wardrobe Theatre Originals).
“The Wardrobe Theatre has arguable become the nucleus of Bristol’s fringe scene [with] its insatiable appetite to showcase vivacious new productions.”
“Yet another mini triumph for The Wardrobe Theatre, who seem hardwired to find and reveal risk-taking artists in this wonderfully creative city.”
We believe there is nothing like live performance. We are excited by shows that amuse, move and thrill you and which celebrate the unique feeling of sharing an intimate room and a live experience with 100 other people. We feel just as passionately today as we did when we started this adventure in 2011 and more than ever we are on a mission to make live theatre something that everyone feels welcome to, part of and excited by. A thriving and vital arts hub run by a passionate group of Bristol theatre-makers, we do things differently at The Wardrobe Theatre – come and see for yourself!
The focus of The Wardrobe Theatre is…
- To programme exciting, diverse events and not be afraid to take risks
- To support up-and-coming companies in the region
- To remain accessible and affordable for audiences
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Wardrobe Theatre Originals
Throughout the year, The Wardrobe Theatre creates and co-produces brand new productions with some of Bristol’s most exciting and talented theatre-makers. Click on each image below for full production details.